AK63D: Upgraded Classic Fighting Rifle

The AK63D an upgraded classic rifle from Century Arms.
The AK63D an upgraded classic rifle from Century Arms.
Student of the Gun
Student of the Gun

Biloxi, Mississippi (Ammoland) If you have been paying attention the Kalashnikov world and the numerous configurations available, you should know that Century Arms has been building 100 percent Made in the USA AKs for several years. During the first year or so, the new Century guns with machined receivers were flying under the industry radar and did not really get the attention they deserved.

Recently there was an infusion of fresh blood in the marketing department at Century and they have not only been promoting the guns heavily but they've done something almost unheard of in the gun world. Century put C39 rifles and pistols into the hands of hard corps firearms instructors and told them to run the gun hard and fast. They essentially dared the trainers to break them. Then came the miraculous part. Century asked the shooters what they liked and what they didn't like AND they listened to the advice.

AK63D

The author testing the new AK63D rifle.
The author testing the new AK63D rifle.

With all the press being given to the C39 guns, the Century gun I'm going to detail herein has not received its fair share of attention, but it shares similar features with the those models. The AK63D is Century's version of the classic AK-47 “underfolder” model. This iteration of the venerable Kalashnikov was inevitable as most every battle rifle in modern history has at one point or another been modified for paratroopers or mechanized infantry.

Let's face it, like it or not, the underfolder gets high marks in the cool category. Hollywood filmmakers love to insert the underfolder whenever the opportunity presents itself.  Both action heroes and bad guys alike run across the screen blazing away these rifles.

Like the wire stock folders, the AK underfolders have been dismissed by serious riflemen as interesting novelties void of practicality. Neither stock configuration allows for a solid or comfortable cheek weld. In both cases you have a metal stock slapping you in the face if you do attempt to maintain proper form.

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